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Yes or No, We Can’t Have Both

One of the scariest things that Jesus ever said is found in Matthew 7:

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness’ (vs. 21-23)!

Jesus is not talking about unbelievers here. He is very clearly giving a warning aimed at people who believe themselves to be His. These people did wonderful things in Jesus’ name, yet Jesus disowns them utterly and calls them lawless. How did they fall so far, all the while believing that they were fine?

“God knows our hearts, even if we don’t.”

The June 2015 Message of the Month, “Yes or No, We Can’t Have Both,” is a must-listen for today’s Church. We live in a world that exalts delusion and compromise, and we make a fatal error if we begin to treat God as one of us. Apostasy is probably not something that happens overnight; it’s more likely to result from a myriad of seemingly insignificant choices against God. All the places where it was ‘No’ instead of ‘Yes’ or worse, ‘Maybe’ – as if that’s a legitimate option that God gives us.

“Answered prayer depends on what you’ve chosen and whom you’ve chosen.” 

With every passing day, this world shakes a little harder and the enemy speaks a little louder. Every decision that God calls us to make is one of life or death, because those are the options, the ONLY options. Martha’s reminder of this truth in the June 2015 Message of the Month is a sobering one, but it’s also desperately needed. The world says that we can belong to God and keep a little for ourselves at the same time, but that’s a lie. God says, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” We need a reminder of what’s at stake in our decisions, as well as the eternally loving Solution worth every last surrender we’re asked to give. In “Yes or No, We Can’t Have Both,” Martha prods complacency and ignites hearts with the Spirit’s own fire. It’s time to ask ourselves if our ‘Yes’ to God is really and truly a ‘Yes.’

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